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good morning. almost here. hurricane earl strengthens overnight as it aims for the even seaboard, packing 145-mile-per-hour winds, the category 4 storm could hit north carolina as early as tonight. al is on the scene waiting earl's arrival. last word, the gunman takes three hostages at the discovery channel, and speaks to nbc news just before he's killed by police. >> and i have a bomb. i have several bombs strapped to my body ready to go off. >> this morning we'll hear from the producer who talked to that
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suspect. and palin for president? the former alaska governor adds a very interesti ining destinat to her travel plans, iowa, home to the nation's first presidential contest. and that has political observers buzzing "today," thursday, and that has political observers buzzing "today," thursday, september 2nd, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television and welcome to "today" on a thursday morning, i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm ann curry in for meredith, everybody. earl is now one of the most powerful hurricanes ever to threaten the east coast. we've been talking about him for days. but now he's ready to flex his muscles all up and down the east coast, matt. >> the category 4 storm is expected to hit north carolina's outer banks, possibly late tonight or even tomorrow morning, early. if it strengthens overnight, earl is now packing top winds of
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145 miles per hour. >> and storm warnings are stretching all the way into new england. thousands of people have fled. and the governors of north carolina, virginia, and maryland have already declared states of emergency. the major question now remains exactly what path will earl take up the coast. we'll be checking in with al for the latest on this in just a moment. >> got some other stories to cover, including amanda knox, the american college student convicted of murdering her roommate in italy. this morning, some new revelations about her state of mind. and we'll talk to a former fbi agent who is absolutely convinced that she is innocent. >> that's right. and also a little bit later, familiar face around here on "today." try going, matt, the entire month wearing just six items of clothing. the question is, did anybody notice? did you? we're going to find out how she did. >> over and over again. let's begin this morning with hurricane earl. al is in kill devil hills in north carolina on the outer banks. he's tracking the storm. al, good morning to you. >> well, good morning, matt. and, yes, earl has strengthened
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overnight. a category 4 storm. let's give you the latest details on earl. first of all, we've got a very active area out there. you can see atlantic storms. we've got earl with 145-mile-per-hour winds, fiona with 50-mile-per-hour winds, gaston with 40-mile-per-hour winds and another tropical wife that's coming off africa. the latest on earl, currently as we said, 145-mile-per-hour winds. it's about 410 miles south of cape hatteras. category 4 storm. it's moving north/northwest at 18 miles per hour. that's very quick for a storm this size. we've got hurricane warnings up for much of the entire north carolina coastline. we've also got hurricane watches from the north carolina/virginia border all the way up through new york. tropical storm watches up into new england. we've got hurricane watches in parts of new england, as well. and, in fact, what we're expecting today, earl is going to be a big problem. we already have evacuations, mandatory evacuations for cape hatteras, for hatteras island,
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and for okracoke island, and garrett county officials just issued an evacuation for all tourists and visitors and are urging oceanfront residents to seek other places to live. they are telling people it's time to pack up and go home. as the beaches of north carolina produced another day of fun in the sun, residents and tourists are now evacuating for what lurks just beyond the horizon, hurricane earl. >> doom and gloom and fright and fear. >> reporter: and fright and fear were the overriding factors for these pennsylvania tourists, choosing to go home before the mandatory evacuation was issued late wednesday. >> i was recently reading a book that used the word for the ocean roiling. i never heard that term before. but this ocean has been roiling since we got here. >> reporter: and roiling waters and storm predictions were all the governor of north carolina needed to declare a state of emergency.
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>> people are telling us tonight, based on predictor models, that it's just going to come close to our coast, we've all got to be very sensitive to the fact that in a blink of an eye, it changes. >> reporter: the last big storm to hit north carolina, hurricane isabel in 2003, killed at least 16 and caused $3.4 billion in damage on its path up the eastern u.s. >> between the personnel, the vehicles, and also four warehouses fully stocked with blankets and food and water. the red cross is ready. >> reporter: while earl is stirring up a sense of urgency down below, it's also creating a sense of wonder from above. >> the strength of the storm looks just absolutely amazing. just unbelievable view of the planet. you have to wonder what's going on below those clouds. >> reporter: and, of course, the question is, where is earl going? we've got the latest from the national hurricane center. the sensors from all the computer models. the general consensus is it's not going to make landfall in
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the outer banks here. however, it's going to be awfully close. and a jog one way or the other, especially to the left, could cause big problems. let's look at the map and show you the path of the storm. we're expecting to see gaston -- i should say earl, make its way up the coast and cause a lot of problems as we make our way into late tonight, early tomorrow morning, as gaston -- i'm sorry, as earl comes along the coast. the hurricane force winds extend out 90 miles from the center of the storm. tropical force winds extend out 200 miles from the center of the storm. so it doesn't have to make landfall to cause big problems. and then late tonight, early tomorrow, it continues up the coast, and by early saturday morning, it is going to be making some kind of a run at new england. doesn't make landfall near nantucket or not? we'll have to wait and see. but again, this is going to be a powerful storm to keep an eye on. even though, as it gets closer, it's not going to be a category 4. it's going to lose some strength, matt. but as it gets closer, even if
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it drops down to a category 3 or 2 it could still cause significant damage. >> al roker on the outer banks of north carolina. thanks for your report. meantime in silver spring, maryland, this morning, just outside of washington, d.c., police are piecing together exactly what led a 43-year-old man to enter the discovery channel headquarters, take hostages, and then threaten to detonate explosives. and nbc news ended up right in the middle of the crisis. nbc's tom costello has the latest on this story. tom, good morning. >> reporter: hi, ann, good morning to you. the bomb squad tells me they cleared the building overnight. they detonated four separate packages. one of them they're sure was a bomb. they also found back packs with guns and ski masks. now this all began when the suspect walked into the building demanding to speak to executives. during that time, nbc news called the building, and suddenly the suspect grabbed the even if way from the operator. one of our producers talked to the suspect while we called the police on the other line, consulting with them all along.
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the police advised us, keep him on the phone, keep him talking, and he kept talking. the lunch hour was just ending when witnesses say the gunman walked into the discovery channel headquarters just outside of washington, waving a handgun, wearing what appeared to be explosives, and ordering everyone in the lobby to stay still. we now know the suspect was james j. lee, whose long list of demands included a change in discovery channel programming. as word of the hostage situation spread, an nbc news producer called the discovery channel general number. suddenly lee himself picked up the phone. >> no one has been shot. >> do you have a gun? >> i have a gun. and i have a bomb. i have several bombs strapped to my body ready to go off. i have a device that if i drop it, if i drop it, it'll [ bleep ] explode. >> we do know that the lines of communication are open with this man. >> reporter: nbc news immediately consulted with police and decided against reporting the conversation until the situation was over.
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while lee held three hostages at gunpoint, most of the building's 1,900 employees were told to evacuate and did. including all the children in a day-care center on the first floor. >> someone came to me, and said, don't go into the lobby, there's some action going on there. like there are cops inside. >> we weren't sure if the gunman was going to come up the other floors. >> reporter: police say james lee of maryland had a history of protesting in front of the discovery channel. handing out rambling leaflets calling for more programming about global warming and animal extinction. after attracting crowds by throwing thousands of dollars into the air, he was arrested in february of 2008 and pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. lee told our nbc news producer he'd spent time preparing for this attack. >> so how long have you been working on this particular bomb? >> three weeks around. three weeks or a month. >> three weeks? >> did a lot of research. i had to experiment. >> and how many bombs, again, do you have? >> i have several.
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>> reporter: our producer asked what skills lee had to build a bomb? >> i did some welding. i was a welder. parts. i did some parts. >> did that -- did that -- did that help prepare you for what you're doing today? >> well, yeah. everything i do in life, everything one does in life prepares for you, for what you're going to do, right. >> reporter: then police started negotiating for three hours by telephone. while watching him through the lobby windows and with cameras inside the lobby, they could see he was holding three men hostage and appeared to be wearing pipe bombs. finally, nearly four hours after the crisis began, they saw him point his gun at the hostages. >> but at that point, our tactical units moved in, they shot the suspect. the suspect is deceased. >> reporter: all three hostages were released unharmed. one of the hostages, jim mcnulty thanked everybody last night who helped in his rescue.
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meanwhile discovery says it was aware of this gentleman, mr. lee, but said they never took his threats seriously. ann and matt, back to you. >> tom costello in maryland. rob rivas is the nbc news producer who spoke to that gunman in the middle of the crisis. good morning to you. first of all, you call the front desk to cover the story and the guy gets on the phone. >> absolutely. that's part of standard operating procedure. we had reports of a gun, we would call authorities, location to see whether this was true. can you imagine our surprise when we got the gunman on the line. >> first of all, were you always convinced it was, in fact, a gunman? >> the tone of his voice indicated that he was someone who was anxious, who wanted to be heard. so i was not taking anything for granted. >> a couple of things surprised me, rob. one is his willingness to stay on the phone in the midst of this. and two, how calm he sounded. >> absolutely. he wanted to have his story told. at least as far as i could tell. he spoke the entire time. i never heard him make any direct threats to anyone in the room, if there were people in the room with him.
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it sounded like an average conversation between two individuals. >> when you're talking to him, and i'm listening to some of the questions you asked him, was that just your gut instincts as a journalist kicking in? you were also in contact with the police. were they feeding you some of the things they wanted you to ask them? >> no, no, they weren't feeding us any information or questions but they did want us to keep the lines of communication open and continue having an open dialogue. so my goal, along with getting as much pertinent information as i thought was necessary, was really trying to get information and keep him on the line as long as i could. >> what ended the conversation? what finally got him to get off the phone? >> a phone rang in the background, it sounded like a cell phone, and he just hung up. >> good job. >> thanks. >> well done, rob. rob rivas. montgomery county maryland police chief thomas manger was on the scene during the hostage crisis. chief, good morning to you. >> good morning. >> what kind of communications did you have with james lee during this whole period of time? >> well, we were on the phone with him for the better part of
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four hours. we were obviously trying to get him to calm down. our primary goal was to get him to release the hostages. but unfortunately, he was -- i would characterize him as very aungry throughout our conversation. although he had a wide range of emotions. but he hung up a couple of times on us, but we very quickly got him back on the phone. so our goal was to try and get through this as safely as possible. >> he told you, and he told our producer, that he had explosive devices with him. it turns out that when the shot was fired by your tactical unit, one of those devices did go off. can you tell me anything about the level of sophistication of those devices? >> i can. right now we're unsure as to whether he detonated a device prior to being shot or after. that's still under investigation. what he had was, there were four devices strapped to his person.
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two propane cylinders similar to those that one would use when you're camping. those propane cylinders had pipes attached to them that contained shotgun shells. he also had two pipe bombs attached to him. they had explosive-type fireworks in them. during the negotiations we saw that he had a switch in his hand. he would occasionally take a pin out of the switch and then put it back in. so we weren't sure if he had some radio-controlled device, or if it was something where if he let go of the switch, a device would go off. so all this was playing out, matt, as we were talking to him and as we were trying to come up with a strategy on how we were going to end this incident. >> i know your officers train for events like this, probably, quite often. there were 1,900 people in that building, and everybody but the gunman got out alive. so you must be proud of your officers. >> well, i'm tremendously proud of my officers, the fire rescue
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service, all the agencies that assisted. but the hostages were tremendously courageous as well. and i really admire their ability to remain as calm as they did throughout this ordeal. >> chief thomas manger of montgomery county police department. chief, thanks so much. we appreciate your time this morning. >> thank you. and now let's get a check of the rest of the morning's top stories. in for me this morning, natalie morales at the news desk. >> good morning, everyone. for the first time in nearly two years, israeli and palestinian leaders are meeting face-to-face, holding direct talks in washington on the future of mideast peace. nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell is at the state department in washington. andrea, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, natalie. well, the president tried to make sure that these talks didn't end before they even got under way, after new violence erupted in the west bank just as president obama was calling for peace. the president said he could create the environment, but not the solution. bringing both sides to the white house for dinner. >> when we come together, we
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will not be alone. we'll be joined by the generations. >> reporter: but peace is far from breaking out in the middle east. funerals wednesday for four israeli settlers gunned down in the west bank. hamas, the militant palestinian faction running gaza, claimed responsibility. then settlers tried to burn down a palestinian home in revenge. israeli soldiers stopped them. and two more israelis were shot and wounded, all this threatening to sabotage today's talks. >> if both sides do not commit to these talks in earnest, then the long-standing conflict will only continue to fester and consume another generation. >> reporter: secretary of state clinton has given the adversaries one year to reach an agreement. but others have tried before. from jimmy carter to bill clinton and george w. bush, no president has been able to resolve thorny issues like, how to divide jerusalem, claimed by both sides as their capital. millions of palestinian refugees demanding the right of return.
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israeli settlements, and final borders between israel and a palestinian state. above all else, security. the most immediate hurdle is israeli plans to resume construction on those settlements on palestinian land by the end of this month. but for now, the u.s. sees progress just in getting both sides in the same room. natalie? >> andrea mitchell at the state department for us this morning. thank you, andrea. the death toll has risen to at least 35 from the triple bombing of a religious procession in lahore, pakistan, on wednesday. some 250 others were injured. dutch authorities have released two yemeni men without any charges after they were arrested at amsterdam's airport this week. suspicious looking items had been found in their luggage but authorities say there was no explosive materials and the men have been released for lack of evidence. and the marlins/nationals game got heated in the sixth inning last night when marlins pitcher chris volstad narrowly missed the nationals nyjer morgan as payback for a play the
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day before. morgan then charged the mound and punches began to fly in a bench-clearing brawl. wow. can't they all just get along? 7:17. back over to matt and ann. it looked like a boxing match. >> morgan is probably asking for the number of the truck that hit him on that. >> ouch. >> that was something. natalie, thanks very much. >> now let's go to new orleans -- actually to north carolina, at the coast there for a check of the nation
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>> good morning, everyone. we are off to a quiet start today. it will be warm and humid the quality again in the poor range. high temperatures in the and that's your latest weather. matt? >> all right, i'll take it, al. thank you so much. she missed out on the white house in the last election, but does sarah palin have presidential ambitions in 2012? well her upcoming travel plans have a lot of people asking that question. she's off to iowa, home to the nation's first presidential
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contest. nbc's kelly o'donnell has more on this. hey, kelly, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, ann. well we know sarah palin knows how to attract attention, and keep herself in the conversation. so when she gets a plane ticket to iowa, the cradle of presidential ambition, that certainly spikes curiosity about her political future. >> so with pride in the red, white and blue, with gratitude to our men and women in uniform, let's stand together, let's stand with honor, let's restore america! >> reporter: will she? won't she? sarah palin knows how to leave clues. >> now, i've been asked to speak today not as a politician -- >> reporter: and she knows how to do -- >> i think governor palin gave her word she's only going to raise money for the state party. but she also knows the message it sends when a national politician goes to iowa. >> reporter: 35i8en watchers mark your calendars, september 17th she headlines the iowa republican party's reagan
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dinner. an appearance she sought. and that's turning heads, because palin has spent the past 16 months earning millions as an author and speaker. since she quit her job as governor. and turning heads because she spent so little time in iowa, where likely gop presidential hopefuls are already building a network of support. >> history in iowa shows that iowans want to be courted. they want to be wooed. >> reporter: most of the wooing palin does these days is for other candidates. >> governor sarah palin -- >> reporter: she propelled tea party conservative joe miller. >> hi, this is governor sarah palin, i'm calling on behalf of my friend joe miller. >> reporter: and this week palin gets some credit for his stunning upset over alaska senator lisa murkowski who is also a palin rival. in her home state pollsters say there's little doubt about palin's ambition. >> up here i think most people are totally convinced she's running for president. i think her behavior, her activity, certainly sets that
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format. >> reporter: palin is not easily translated to voter confidence. when asked if she had the ability to be an effective president, 59% said no. 26% said yes. in a 60 minutes/vanity fair poll. but a different result among republicans. a majority, 47% said yes, palin could be effective. 40% said no. and so we have know that sarah palin has endorsed dozens of candidates around the country with some mixed results, of those who already had their elections, about two thirds have won. now her prospects in iowa are really a mystery, because most recent polling there shows her back of the pack, running about fourth. so she would have some work to do if iowa really is in her future. ann? >> all right, kelly o'donnell, thanks this morning. coming up inside the mind of a man convicted of murder. this morning new revelations about a life outside prison. and we'll also talk to retired fbi agent who is convinced she
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is innocent. we're back with more.
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still ahead, a familiar face around here went for a month straight juggling only six items of clothing. >> did she make it? did you or anyone else notice?
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>> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am stan stovall. here is sarah caldwell and traffic pulse 11. >> harbor tunnel, the symbol ethical in the southbound direction. police are on at the scene.
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you are going to be jammed up from 95 all the way down. those delays are on to it 95. this side is pretty heavy as well, outer loop to lay from 795 towards edmondson. southbound 895, your heaviest delay right now. we have one coming out eastbound i-70 at route 40, and another crash and a severna park. two lanes blocked in the southbound direction. tony has a check on the forecast. >> it will be a hot and humid day to day, and you will likely have respiratory problems. 73 in westminster, 71 degrees in rising sun in cecil county. mostly sunny is our forecast for today.
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temperature ranges between the upper 80s to the low-to-mid- nineties around the city. sun sets this evening at 7:36. cold front will come through on friday. that should hopefully pushed hurricane earl offshore. and more importantly, but for the weather in baltimore, give us a great holiday weekend. we drop it to the upper seventies on saturday and sunday. a real touch of autumn as we had to the holiday weekend. back to the upper 80s by tuesday and wednesday. very little effect from hurricane earl around baltimore. >> check the bottom of your screen for updated news and traffic information back
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7:30 now on a thursday morning. it's the 2nd of september, 2010. got a nice crowd of people outside. soaking up the sun. but beware, that could change. the weather could change quickly, as hurricane earl approaches the east coast of the united states. could bring some pretty good wind gusts, some stinging rain here on friday. but it's going to be a lot worse the closer to the coast you get. we're going to get the latest on that storm from al down in north carolina in just a couple of minutes. >> enjoy the temperature now, even as hot as it will get today. >> could be a lot worse by the
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end of the week. inside studio 1a i'm matt lauer alongside ann curry. meredith is off today. coming up, do you want to sup supersize that? according to a new report, too many restaurant meals are way too big for our own good. at least two times larger than what you should be consuming. how do you know how much to be keating? we're going to show you. >> and a little bit later we'll be talking about michael douglas. we've all been hearing about this battle that he has in front of him as he undergoes treatment for stage four throat cancer. we'll take a look at what the experts say. >> then a medical mystery. a teenage girl who could not eat or drink for more than seven months. why not? we're going to talk to her a little later on. >> but first we begin now with amanda knox, the american who was studying in italy when her roommate was slashed to death. well, she's behind bars and convicted of murder. but one retired fbi agent is saying that is a travesty. we're going to meet him in just a moment. but first, nbc's martin fletcher has more an amanda knox's hopes
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and dreams if she ever does get out of prison. martin, good morning. >> ann, good morning. amanda knox's third, long, hot summer in an italian jail is coming to a close, with her appeal scheduled for the autumn. her first chance to overturn a 26-year jail sentence, every positive sign helps. amanda knox is finding new support in unlikely places. the case has been scrutinized by steve moore, who was an fbi agent for 26 years. >> at first i believed she was guilty. i mean, i'm law enforcement. >> reporter: but after studying every iota of evidence -- >> the evidence didn't just say she didn't do it. the evidence proved that she couldn't have done it. >> reporter: then, there's rock:giamanda, an italian author writing a book about knox. he's visited with her in jail about 20 times. he says she's nothing like she appears in the italian media. drugs, sex and rock and roll. she's a completely different kind of girl. he says amanda writes poems, letters, stories.
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other sources say she's practicing yoga, has learned fluent italian and helps her american cell mate with reading and writing. she wants to be a writer. but above all, he says one day amanda wants to have a child, or even adopt. it's a thought amanda's family is hungry for. >> it's nice to hear. >> reporter: and in perugia, her father fills in the growing picture of the 23-year-old's life in jail. she's matured, he says, but then who wouldn't in her circumstances. >> she's actually studying with the university of washington still. she's played guitar with the priest during some of the ceremonies that they do. and you know, she's trying to just make her time as productive as possible. >> reporter: but all attention now is focused on knox's appeal that should begin in november. when the evidence that convicted her could be re-examined. and the former fbi agent will do all he can to help. >> there was no way she had
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anything to do with the crime. i can sound the alarm. i can tell people. the only thing that is going to free amanda is good people doing something. >> reporter: but first, there's another problem. in october, knox will have to appear in court on a separate slander charge. she's looking forward to tomorrow, though. she'll get a visit from one of her university professors. ann? >> martin fletcher, thank you. as you just saw in martin's piece, steve moore is a former fbi agent who says he believes ammanda knox is innocent. mr. moore, good morning. >> good morning. >> to give our viewers some sense of your background you have had a 25-year with the fbi. you actually once helped take down on al qaeda cell, and also got -- helped get a confession out of a man accused of bombing a day care senter in los angeles. >> shooting up the day-care center. >> shooting it up. so why are you now taking on the amanda knox case? >> because i found out about
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that case. it's something that i became aware of, and i couldn't turn away from it. >> no financial interest? >> no, i have no financial interest. i'm not writing a book. i'm not in this for that. >> you're in this for justice, you say. and -- and you say that you're speaking out now because you looked at some of the evidence, and it shows you clearly that amanda knox has to be innocent. why? >> because the evidence that was presented in trial was flawed. it was flawed, it was manipulated. some people think some of it was actually planted. there is nothing in that trial, in that case, that indicates that she had anything to do with this murder. and, in fact, i believe the evidence, and i think most people in law enforcement who've looked at this carefully, believe the evidence precludes her involvement. >> she's changed her story many times. her fingerprints were on the knife, according to prosecutors. >> no. she changed her story once after
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a -- an overnight interrogation by 12 people where she claims to have been struck. she wasn't given food. she wasn't given coffee. she wasn't let go to the bathroom. it's an interrogation technique where two people go in for an hour at a time to wear the person down. overnight. there was no reason to interrogate her from 10:00 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. >> you would throw out that changing of the story there. what about this point by the prosecutors that her fingerprints were on the knife. >> her fingerprints were not on the knife. they claim that her dna was on the knife. the problem with that is, the knife couldn't have made the wounds that killed the woman that -- who was the victim. there was one slashing wound which any sharp object might have made. but the stab wounds were too small for the knife that they say amanda knox used to have actually done the crime. >> you also say that looking at the video of the crime scene made it very clear to you that she could not have been there. why? >> in a crime scene like that,
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when you have so much blood, the victim, the poor girl was -- had her throat cut, she was stabbed, she would have had to have lost about two liters of blood. it is as if you just threw the blood all over the floor. if amanda knox and her boyfriend and that drifter, the burglar, were involved in this, there would be three sets of fingerprints, three sets of footprints, three sets of handprints, dna, hair samples. it would have been just an absolute zoo of evidence. >> are you saying the boyfriend is also innocent in your view? >> absolutely. there is, in that room, footprints, fingerprints, dna, hair samples, saliva samples, everything for one person. a drifter. amanda knox and raffaele sollecito, if they were in that room, were hovering. there is no way they could have been in that room without their physical presence being obvious. >> you also made the point that this crime does not fit amanda
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knox's personality profile. >> amanda knox is not a violent person. the problem with this is, that a person who is violent enough, what they're alleging is that she came in on her roommate who was being sexually assaulted and sided with the assaulter. and not only helped him assault her roommate, but stabbed her in the throat. that kind of deviant, violent behavior, does not go unnoticed for 18, 19, 20 years. some things leak out. you see some episodes, some indication that this person has some issues. amanda knox never had an issue. she worked four jobs at university of washington, when she was in the university of washington, to go on this overseas program. she was an honor student. this is not a violent person. >> so now, as her effort is now to appeal her conviction, what will you be doing? have you reached out to her parents? >> i have -- i've talked to them just through e-mail.
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i've never met them. i will be doing whatever i can do. >> which is, at this point, given that we're talking about another country, and about a conviction, what is it that you can do with your position on this case? >> i can do things like this. i can do -- i feel like the person who's just woken up in a home where there's smoke all through. all i can do immediately is just wake people up and say, get out. do something. >> you've never met her? >> no. >> why are you so passionate? why have you done so much work? on this case? >> i've got a daughter her age. i -- i don't know. i just saw an injustice. i don't know how to explain it. it's as if you see a car accident in front of you. you don't care who is in the car. you are going to go over, though, and find out if they're okay. and i feel like that's what's happened. i became aware of it. it was right in front of my eyes, i had to do something. >> steve moore, thank you so much. >> thank you.
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>> now let's head back to north carolina's outer banks where al is tracking hurricane earl, and the rest of the nation's weather. al, good morning again. >> thanks a lot, ann. and we just have this in. hatteras county has issued a mandatory evacuation for atlantic beach, indian beach, and emerald isle. you add that to the derrick county evacuations for parts of this area, derrick county alone the beach, tourists and visitors, and also hatteras, and hatteras island, cape hatteras and okracoke island. let's take a look about temperatures. here in the northeast, man, it is hot. it's going to continue hot. 91 in state college, 93 new york. boston 96. washington, d.c., 95. bangor maine up to 96 degrees today. rest of the country, more heat continuing through the gulf coast on into southern texas. the southwest sizzling with temperatures well over 110 degrees. sunny and pleasant back through seattle. sunshine and 76. risk of strong storms from texas
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all the way on up into wisconsin. >> we are off to a quiet start again. it is a hot and humid day. high temperatures this afternoon in the low 90s. just like yesterday, air quali and that's your latest weather. ann? >> all right, al, thank you. and still to come up this morning we've got the family member who was only allowed to wear six items of clothing for a month straight. coming up next, too big for our britches. restaurant meals, they're way too large for our own good.
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back now at 7:45. we don't need to tell you that most americans weigh too much. but why? well, new reports from the center for science in the public interest found that restaurant serving sizes are often at least two times bigger than they should be. the editor in chief of "men's health" magazine and the author of "eat this, not that" back series and nutritionist madeline is a "today" contributor. this doesn't surprise anybody, does it
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the government tells you, you can have a muffin for breakfast. they don't mean this muffin. >> that's right. >> let's start with this one right here. this is the blueberry muffin from dunkin' donuts. david, what's the problem? >> the problem is that that right there is 2.5 times what the government recommends. and to your point, you know, these servings these days are two to five times what you should be getting. >> five ounces here? >> 500 calories. >> this right here is what your portion size should be. >> the problem really is we're going to see through all these foods is we start to look at this as normal. so you say a muffin, you're going this is one item. >> this starts to look puny. >> and people think this can't be enough. >> dunkin' donuts, to their credit they have had the d.d. smart menu items that contain 25% less calories, so they're doing the right thing. >> yes, but you have to look for these. >> what is this monster here? >> this is panera bread. you're getting a combo italian
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which right there has two day's worth of sodium and a day's worth of saturated fat. >> it's 17 ounces. the government says when we eat a sandwich it should be how big? >> this big. >> five ounces. >> around 300 calories. not 1,000. >> this is three times the serving. we look at this and say this is more for one person. someone would come in and say this is the sandwich. this is a nerving. >> panera bread do offer a you pick two deal where you can get a half a sandwich with a low-calorie sandwich or soup but even the half a sandwich is bigger than you should be eating. >> right. but still you have to pay more attention. >> tell me about the smoothie, david or madeline. >> this is your portion size. this is 40 ounces. this is 1,000 calories. do you drink it or do you bathe in it? that's the problem. >> and when you have this 8 ounces, people look at this, this is the baby size. 40 ounces, a shot glass of this stuff has 25 calories. we look at this and say, well, this is a serving. a big one is better. >> let me be honest here, smoothie king got back to us and
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said 40 ounce size smoothies make up less than 10% of their total sales and they offer a variety of low calorie, low carbohydrate smoothies. >> yes, they do. but people say oh, i'll get a medium. that's still going to be two or three times bigger than the size recommended. >> outback steak house. this is the 20 ounce melbourne. >> yeah. >> and that right there -- >> the crew is going, what's wrong with that? >> the problem is that right there should serve a family of five. >> the government recommends this? >> yes, four ounces. so there's your difference. >> so you want to fill it up with a whole grain, with some vegetables, something else. we're not messing around with a food scale. when you look at the portion, think about the palm of your hand or a computer mouse or a checkbook. >> a deck of playing cards. >> outback does offer steaks that range in size and variety of cut in order to provide the best dining experience for their customers. bob yeager our camera guy says if i eat that steak, i need that mathee. >> no doubt. >> okay, let's move on to the capellini pomodoro from olive
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garden. how many ounces is this? >> this is 3 1/2 cups. what do you think a serving would be? one cup. it's about the size of a light bulb. and you want to make this comparison. when you're in these places, share a serving. or order it as a side dish. >> which is very hard to do, because we've been trained to clean our plates. >> right. >> it's impossible -- >> olive garden, by the way, they say they provide their guests with a choice of menu options that meet a wide variety of taste preferences. bottom line, smaller portions. >> there you go. >> madeline, david, thank you very much. we're back right after this.
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incredible story here in new york the other day. a guy attempting suicide jumped from the 39th floor of an apartment building, landed on a parked car, and survived. and now, an unbelievable twist to this story. the woman who owns the car seems angry. she's saying that this was a car she loved. this was her baby. she misses it. she had just filled it with gas and wants to know why her car? >> she moaned about it and said, i want to meet -- and she named the man who jumped out of -- off the building, and said, i want
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to say to him, why, why my car out of all the cars in the city? >> i wonder how he feels now that he made it? does he feel like an idiot said this person. we're not even going to identify -- i just can't believe that she's gone public and made comments like that. >> kind of heartless given that we're talking about a young man. >> we're going to be back with more of hurricane earl after your local news.
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>> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am stan stovall. your sarah caldwell and traffic pulse 11. >> handful of problems out there. southbound 83, we have a disabled vehicle about carmel. further south, delays towards shawan road. southbound 95, averaging three miles per hour.
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delays spilling down to 895 south. northeast outer loop is heavy from dollar towards providence. northern parkway at charles, watch for an accident, west side delay is towards the j.f.x. 32, watch for next location there. -- watch for an accident location there. eastbound 50 and ritchie highway, the other accident just in to us. there is the west side looking at delays in both directions on the northwest corner of the beltway. live view of traffic at 29 at the b-2. -- and 32. tony, over to you. >> things should be quiet in the weather department. it is going to be hot, going to be humid. " red air quality. if you have respiratory problems, you will feel that today.
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the forecast for today's mostly sunny, hot, at humid. high temperatures and the low 90s. seven-day forecast, a slight chance for thunderstorms tomorrow, that a great holiday weekend. >> check the bottom of your screen for updated news and traffic information. back at 8:25 with another live
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8:00 now on a thursday morning. it is the 2nd day of september, 2010. kids around the country probably going back to school. some already started school a week or so ago. others still have another week of summer vacation. we've got a nice crowd on the plaza this morning and we're happy they stopped by. >> isn't it terrific? >> right now it's beautiful. we've been talking about that. it's the calm before the storm. we're supposed to get some effect from hurricane earl probably by tomorrow night into saturday morning. here it's going to arrive
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earlier, though, before it stops in north carolina. we'll talk to al. i'm matt lauer along with ann curry. ann is in while meredith is taking some time off. coming up in this half hour we're going to talk about actor michael douglas. we all were somewhat surprised to learn just how far advanced his throat cancer is. he revealed on television the other night that he had stage four throat cancer. so what kind of treatments do you go through for a situation like that? what's the prognosis? we're going to talk about it. >> also we're going to talk about what's being called a sixsperiment. can you wear only six items of clothing over the course of an entire month? well, actually one of our "today" show regulars did that, and yes, she did change her underwear, matt. and you can -- >> that -- >> because i know you. the way your mind works. anyway, we're going to find out how she fared, if anyone noticed. and also, whether it's part of this new trend to sort of downsize.
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>> okay. we talk about hurricane earl. al is down on the outer banks of north carolina in kill devil hills. al what's the latest on this thing? >> we just got the latest in from the national hurricane center, matt. it is not weakening. it is still a strong, powerful, dangerous, hurricane. here's the latest on earl. 355 miles south of cape hatteras, south carolina. it is a category 4 storm. it is moving north/northwest at 18 miles per hour. this thing is moving very quickly. we right now have hurricane warnings for just about the entire north carolina coast. we've got tropical storm warnings from the north carolina/virginia border all the way up into parts of long island in new york. we've got tropical storm watches, also, along the shoreline up into new england, and we even have a hurricane watch for a good portion of new england, as well. here's the path of earl right now. it's looking like it's going to come very close to the outer banks sometime early tomorrow
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morning. very early, around 2:00, 3:00 a.m. in the morning. it will drop down to about 135-mile-per-hour winds but with tropical force winds extending out 200 miles, it doesn't really matter whether it makes a direct hit or not, it will cause problems. and we're going to continue to monitor this, obviously. back to you guys. >> all right, al. stick around, we'll get to your forecast in just a couple of minutes. >> let's go inside, natalie morales is in for me at the "n." >> good morning, everyone. police say the gunman who burst into the discovery channel's maryland headquarters wednesday threatening employees with explosives had been in confrontations with the company in the past. the four-hour standoff ended when police shot and killed james j. lee and rescued three hostages. on his website, lee had complained that the network's programming promoted population growth and environmental destruction. the first face-to-face mideast peace talks in nearly two years get under way today in washington. president obama met with israeli and palestinian leaders at the
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white house wednesday, and said he is cautiously hopeful they can settle their differences. the u.s. is hoping israelis and palestinians can reach a peace agreement within a year. two more u.s. soldiers were killed in fighting today in afghanistan. this comes on the heels of 55 american deaths for the month of august. the maker of botox has agreed to pay a $600 million settlement for misbranding. the justice department says allergan's marketing led doctors to use the anti-wrinkle drug for other ailments such as headaches. federal reserve chairman ben bernanke testified before a federal panel this morning on what led to wall street's meltdown and other potential risks to the economy. and now here's brian williams taking a look at what's coming up tonight on "nbc nightly news." >> natalie, good morning. and like you, we are all about hurricane earl. trying to track this storm, anticipate, and predict over a huge area is the northeast about to get its first hurricane in many years?
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so, that and more when we see you for "nightly news" tonight. natalie, for now, back to you. >> thank you, brian. let's go back once again to al in north carolina. >> all right. thanks a lot, natalie. and we're really seeing an active hurricane season. we're starting to see the atlantic really heat up. as we show you the big picture. we can show you we've got -- we've got right now, hurricane earl, we've got tropical storm fiona. we now have tropical storm gossen and another tropical wave coming off the african coast. let's focus in on gaston. right now it is a minimal tropical storms, 40-mile-per-hour winds moving west at 9. so it's moving relatively slowly. take a look at the path of gaston and it is going to take its time. we're going to be talking about this for the next week and a half, at least, the way it looks right now, right on into tuesday morning moving into the caribbean. so, again, we are going to be looking at this thing, and this thing may be causing problems as we get on through the latter
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part of next week. >> it is going to be another hot and humid day, with the air quality in the poor range, code red. and that's your latest weather. >> all right, al, thank you so much. coming up we're going to talk about the fight michael douglas has as he battles stage four throat cancer. thanks to the venture card from capital one,
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found out about it three weeks ago. >> on "the late show with david letterman" tuesday, michael douglas spoke openly about his diagnosis. the hollywood icon is battling stage four throat cancer. still, his spirits are high. >> let's say i'm pretty lit up. i'm pretty lit up right now. you know. >> reporter: but douglas knows the disease is often deadly. fighting cancer, especially one this advanced, is never easy. >> the radiation continues to burn your mouth, and it becomes more difficult to swallow. you can't take solids. >> reporter: douglas, who appeared a bit slim, has finished the first of what will likely be eight weeks of treatment. after a biopsy revealed a walnut-sized tumor on the base of his tongue last month the 65-year-old quickly began chemotherapy. douglas clablames his cancer ons lifestyle. >> i smoked cigarettes and i drank. and this particular type of cancer is caused by alcohol drinking. >> reporter: but the legendary actor likes his odds.
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he told letterman he has an 80% chance of beating cancer. >> it's a very serious problem. and it's not to be treated lightly. >> reporter: dr. gerald burke, a throat cancer specialist at ucla, says the weeks ahead will be especially difficult. >> he could have some changes in his hair loss from the chemo. he's definitely going to lose some weight. he's probably lost weight already just from the malignancy. he's going to have some effects from the radiation. he's going to have some trouble swallowing. and he may have some changes in his voice. >> reporter: douglas, who's married to catherine zeta-jones won his first academy award for producing "one flew over the cuckoo's nest" in 1955. >> greed, for lack of a better word, is good. >> reporter: and his second for the memorable role of wall street tie congoycoon gordon ge 1987. >> why don't you start calling me gordon? >> reporter: later this month "wall street: honey never sleeps" hits theaters.
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but for now, movies theme an afterthought. >> did they find it early enough for their liking? >> i sure as [ bleep ] hope so. >> reporter: for "today," miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. >> dr. nancy synderman is nbc's chief medical editor and a board certified head and neck cancer surgeon. and peter castro is the deputy managing editor of "people" magazine who recently interviewed michael douglas. peter let me start with you, i think a lot of people were surprised how upbeat, how good he did look on letterman the other side. when you interviewed him, same mental attitude? >> going in, he's an entertainer, and he was on. but he was clearly fatigued throughout the interview. and really rallied to do it. but our reporter told me afterwards that he was really, really tired. and understandably so. >> nancy, i'm uncomfortable getting into specifics because, let's face it, only michael and his doctor know the exact situation. >> i couldn't agree more. >> and i don't want to speculate. generally speaking what we do know is they found a walnut-size
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tumor in his throat. he's gone through a week of treatment right now. did his condition and his spirit surprise you when you saw him on the air after a week of chem therapy and radiation? >> his spirit, no. his weight loss was to be expected. his tumor on the base of the tongue can spread quickly into the lymph nodes of the neck. and that's probably why they're saying it's stage four and they're concerned. it spreads very quickly. and the treatment many times there's surgery first. but the patient says no, i don't want the surgery, because frankly it's too disfiguring and can impair the voice. the chemotherapy and radiation are sort of the second and third lines of treatment. >> let me go through the comment or the question that david letterman asked was, did they think they caught it early enough. the fact that it is stage four, does that not tell us they didn't catch it very early? >> it tells you that his prognosis is guarded. that they wish they had caught it early. and he, remember, talked about cigarettes and alcohol. that is a lethal combination. the alcohol does change the
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lining of the throat, making the carcinogens in the cigarettes more potent. he also had a sore throat and an earache. and a soar throat and earache in a heavy smoker are always big warning signs for cancer. >> i think catherine zeta-jones also told "people" magazine he was frustrated because he had gone to a lot of doctors trying to figure out why he had this sore throat. >> he was a lot more sanguine about it than she was. she told us she was very, very furious. furious is a word she used that they did not catch it in time. >> sometimes doctors don't think to look down around the tongue. and frankly, for a lot of ear, nose and throat surgeons, you look but you also feel. you have to put your finger in a mouth and feel around. and you can feel these lumps inside tongues and that may be one of the reasons why it wasn't found. >> also just mentioned it's a very stressful year. >> he's had a tough year. >> difficulties with his son. ongoing legal difficulties with his ex-wife over some proceeds and revenues from a movie. and so i imagine stress is not the thing you want in your life when you're going through
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something like this. >> it's not. the big thing he's going to have to really think about now is nutrition. it is so hard for people undergoing treatment like this to get enough calories into his body. so everything you think that you shouldn't eat for health reasons, they're going to want him to eat. calories, fats, sugar, milk shakes, and i wouldn't be surprised if he has a tube put in his intestines or stomach to help get further supplementation in. >> every time we do this story, he's a friend of this show. >> and we are rooting for him big time. >> good luck. peter, thank you very much. >> thank you. >> up next, how would you do if you could only wear the same six pieces of clothing for a whole month? we put a member of our "today" family to the test. we'll find out how she did right family to the test. we'll find out how she did right after this. ve you tried honey bunches of oats with real strawberries? wow. it's seriously strawberry. they're everywhere. it's in the bunches, on the flakes, even real strawberries in the mix. can i have some more? honey bunches of oats with real strawberries. it's delicious. nobody does it quite like us. i can take one airline out... and another home.
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this morning on "today's style," the joy of six. could you wear only six items of clothing for a full month? well, people around the country are trying to save time and money, so we challenged "today" financial editor jean chatzky to participate in a 30-day six experiment. it's a tuesday and jean is ready to talk money. but behind your on-camera demeanor, jean is a bundle of nerves. about what to wear.
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not just for today, but for the next 30 days. >> i get up at 4:00 in the morning trying to figure out if i actually picked the right six items. >> reporter: on day two, same six items, different look. it's an idea that has taken off around the country. >> these are my six items. >> reporter: six items. not counting underwear and shoes, that could be combined and dressed up with accessories. websites like the great american apparel diet or six items or less have rallied people to stretch their wardrobe. >> our biggest group by far was people that just feel like they shop too much, they have too many clothes in their closet and they wanted to try to get a hold of that habit. >> reporter: on day ten jean is getting creative with her six items. >> i put on a different belt, so these are items two is the tank top, three is the black cardigan and four is the black skirt and
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i mixed them up a little bit. i'm not getting bored yet. so i hope the people who look at me aren't getting bored. >> reporter: thanks to accessories like these, jean was able to reinvent her basic look. >> if you actually limit your choices, you'll make that process. you'll become more creative of how to make better use of what you've got. >> reporter: as jean's 30 days came to a close, a feeling of success, and relief. >> i was a little bored on the weekends, basically just khaki shorts and a white tank top and i'm ready to toss both of those items. entirely. >> reporter: jean chatzky is now joining us along with "today's style" editor bobbie thomas. >> good morning. >> oh, my both. you're the last person i would ever pick to do this, because just like any other girl, you're a real girl. love clothes. what possessed you to say yes? >> for me it was more about the time than it was about the money. i get dressed three times every morning before i walk out the door. and it's difficult.
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and it takes way too long. so i wanted to see if i could pare that down. >> everybody's wondering, how many loads of laundry did you do? >> a lot. i did a lot of laundry. the purple dress and the white tank are both sort of wash and wear and you can't really -- i mean matt was teasing me about the studio's going to start to smell. but -- >> matt would never do that. >> well, let's try that. before we get to that, let's talk about what the upside to this was. there was some -- there were some real upsides for you. >> absolutely. i did not shop. so i didn't spend a lot of money. i really saved about 15, 20 minutes every single morning once i got the hang of it. and for me, it was really nice that people didn't notice. you know, that they were paying attention to the information, and not necessarily what i was waying, and it gave me more confidence, i think, to put on whatever i want to wear and know that it's just really for me. >> you and i have this kind of girl chat conversation all the time. i love what you're wearing. we do that all the time.
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and yet i did not notice, bobbie. i did not notice, as much as i notice what you're wearing on the time. so what does that say, bobbie, about all of us and how much stuff we have and maybe don't need? >> my favorite thing. that confidence is the most stylish thing we own as women. that is really you that people notice and your attitude. not how much you have or what you spend. as much as i love clothing i believe that we use it to speak to other people. it's the way we talk to the world without words. >> did anybodies in? >> no. not really. nobody that i didn't tell. i have a little bit of a big mouth. so i told a few people. but nobody that i didn't sort of hint, here's what i'm doing, take a look at what i'm wearing. >> but interestingly enough, i think that it is you, and it's your confidence. i think this is extreme. six items can be really tough. and you know, interestingly, on our website, we put up a poll. we asked people whether they would like to wear no makeup, go without makeup for 30 days or wear the same outfit, and 65% of people chose that they'd rather go without makeup.
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>> after they tried it they would choose the other. >> i agree. >> because you can actually mix it up. and i don't think i'd like to go without makeup for 30 days. >> you mix it up with accessories. and we have some of these up here. and they're dramatic accessories which is probably why people didn't notice. what other options do people have, bobbie, to make sure people don't notice or that can you get more wear out of fewer things? >> well, two things. the first beauty. it's such an easy way to morph and transform yourself. go to the drugstore, change your hair, put it in a ponytail. you can literally channel different looks over and over again with beauty. which is really affordable and accessible to anyone. but what i love which jean said which is so important is the time. you really should invest time into your image before you invest money. take time to do that weekly planning of what you're going to wear, because why would you put something so important till that last five minutes that you're going to walk out the door? it's how you feel for the whole day. >> ever going to wear any of these clothes again?
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>> the shorts. >> okay, thank you so much. a lot more information at todayshow.com. >> good morning. clyne nepa serrah. let's get a final check on your morning commute. >> still pretty busy incident buys out there. unfortunately, if you're born to travel in reisterstown and other road, -- going to travel in reisterstown at butler road, it is still being tcleared.
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and another one at the southbound 29 at 32 causing delays. on the outer loop west side, 17 minutes to get to the bottom. heavy from white marsh down to the split. a live view of traffic at hartford where we have heavy volume all the way to the lany valley. john cullins joins us with a look at the forecast. >> the outer bands of rain from earl beginning to get close to the carolina coast. today looks like a good one. a lot of hazy sunshine and 73 at
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8:30 now on a thursday morning, the 2nd day of september, 2010. nice group of people joining us on the plaza this morning. on a day that's heating up. going to the mid 90s again today before cooling off over the weekend after that little thing called earl passes through.
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so we thank these people for stopping by. on the plaza, i'm matt lauer, ann curry is in for meredith. and natalie morales joins us, as well. we're going to talk in this half hour about a young lady with an unusual condition. >> imagine this, if you had a 14-year-old daughter and she could not eat for seven months straight. that actually happened. this young lady, and of course you can imagine what her parents went through. look at her now. we'll be talking to her about what she went through and how it affected her life. >> all right. >> okay. >> a reminder for you that on wednesday we brought our wedding couple here, melissa and jeremy, and then once we spent some time with them we gave you our four choices for the reception location here in new york city. well, we still need your help. got to go there and vote to our website at todayshow.com. learn more about our couple, melissa and jeremy, and check out the choices and vote for your favorite location. >> or you can head to facebook.com/todayshow. and follow our wedding progress
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and we'll also be checking our page for your comments and your votes. you can also text in your votes at 62269 -- 622639, next 1 for hudson terrace, 2 for central park zoo. or 3 for gotham hall. we'll reveal the winning locations next wednesday. they're all beautiful. >> later you want to batten down the hatches and nail down the tables in the studio because the real housewives of new jersey are coming by. uh-oh. >> okay. >> before we go any further speaking of battenning things down, let's go to al, he's on the outer banks of north carolina where hurricane earl is fast approaching. al, good morning again. >> good morning, guys. again, about 350 miles south of cape hatteras. category 4 storm. 145-mile-per-hour winds. we are watching as we expect it to come very close to cape hatteras, the outer banks
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sometime around 2:00 or 3:00 this morning. what about the rest of the country for the weekend? well, we are looking at wet weather along the mid-atlantic coast because of earl on saturday. we also look for mild conditions throughout much of the country. going to be hot through the south on into the gulf coast. sizzling conditions continue in the southwest. and a little bit cooler and milder in the pacific northwest. sunday, sunday! see more wet weather making its way up the coast as earl makes its way into new england. look for the hot weather from the gulf coast on into the southeast, mid-atlantic states, the heat and sizzling conditions in the southwest, as well. more temperate i >> we are off to a quiet start again. it is a hot and humid day. high temperatures this afternoon in the low 90s. just like yesterday, air quality
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don't forget get your weather any time of day or night. go to weather channel on cable or weather.com online. matt? >> all right, al, great job down there. thank you very much. we'll see you in a little while. coming up a rare medical condition that prevented a teenager from eating anything for more than half a year. look how great she looks today. we're going to talk to her. but first, this is "today" on nbc.
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as a career prosecutor i made decisions on facts not politics. in washington, i'm trying to do the same. that's why i voted to crackdown on wall street and protect the bay. and why i voted against the $3 trillion budget, the big bank bailout, and against the health care bill. you see for me it's not about democrats or republicans it's about common sense and doing what's best for our families. maybe that's why i'm ranked one of the most independent members of congress. i'm frank kratovil and i approve this message.
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this morning on "today's health," forbidden food. imagine being hungry but not being able to eat or drink without throwing it back up. well, that's what one teenager had to deal with for more than seven months, and you'll meet her in just a moment. but first nbc's chief medical editor dr. nancy synderman has her story.
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>> reporter: 14-year-old gentrie hansen had not had a bite of food or drink in seven months. >> it started in december, and doing things for the holidays, we often -- even at the place we were at, and she was throwing up. as it progressed we ruled out other things. >> reporter: gentrie lost 30 pounds and doctor after doctor told her she had an eating disorder. >> seeing the mirror, i would start to cry. and one of the doctors would tell me, i'm bulimic. it was very frustrating, because i would gladly take some weight, and be healthy, and be happy. >> reporter: after months of struggling with the unknown, the right diagnosis was finally made, gastroparesis. a rare neurological condition where the stomach does not empty properly. a feeding tube was inserted into gentrie's intestines to bypass
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her stomach but still give her the nutrition she needed. but it didn't solve the underlying problem. she was in constant pain and always hungry. >> when they had me on feeds, it went to my intestines, and my stomach never stopped. >> it was a parent i felt abusive. it would occur to me that she hadn't eaten all day and her tummy was just hungry more so than mine. >> reporter: so the family made a decision. close the kitchen, and eat out until she got better. anything to spare gentrie the agony of smelling food but not being able to eat it. but now, all that has changed with a surgery completed in july. after dozens of failed
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therapies, and medications, doctors inserted a pacemaker into her stomach. >> we're going to get it hooked up to a pacemaker which kind of looks like this. it goes under her skin that will be turned on, and that will permanently help her stomach. >> reporter: this works like a pacemaker for the heart. sending signals to nerves, so the muscles will work normally. and if all goes according to plan, gentrie will be able to eat and drink when she wakes up. >> i'm looking forward to a drink of some sort. but i'm sure after i get over the surgery i will be looking for good food. >> reporter: a routine wish for many people but the hope for an end to the grueling battle for this young girl. >> and gentrie hansen is here along with her parents lowell
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and kathy and here also joined again by dr. nancy synderman. so how did that taste? >> really good. >> you know, i imagine that before this diagnosis was maybe the hardest part. when people kept telling you that you might have a eating disorder. >> oh, yeah, that was probably the worst part. of this whole sickness. having people keep telling me, oh, you have an eating disorder. and something else was wrong. >> kathy, did you imagine that it was possible that she had an eating disorder? >> as a parent you hope that you know your children well enough to help them with whatever their problems are. and over time, we started kind of watching for signs that might indicate something different. but our heart was believing that it was something different. but we did begin to watch and just make sure, follow her into the bathroom. make sure that everything was as she said. >> reporter: and a lot of other
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people were thinking that there was something wrong with her. authorities, people around you, just -- >> doctors. we had doctors that would saying she had a problem. we had family members even saying that she had eating disorder, or not eating disorder but bulimia. >> something. so when you finally found out what it was, that must have been such a relief. >> it was huge. >> it's kind of a happy/sad day. one of those days when you're so glad that you're there's to go forward with and try to understand, but at the same time we understand the disease and realize that it's without a cure, and it has, you know, its own complications. >> do we know what causes this, called gastroparesis? >> yeah, it's just stomach paralysis. the nerves and muscles are coordinated so good goes in to gentrie's stomach and sort of can't get out. the only way she's had to
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resolve it over the years is vomiting. the reason people thought she had anorexia or bulimia is because she's smart, controlling in a good way, she's beautiful, she's a great student. she fit the classic model. but, she had phenomenal belly pain and could not control the vomiting and it took smart doctors thinking about this. what causes it, probably, and i say probably, a virus that has hit her. and specifically hit this nerve. we never really know what. but that's always sort of the speculation. >> after all you've been through, gentrie, has some good come of this? have you learned something? >> i have learned so many different things. about kind of about what -- i don't even know how to explain it. but, emotionally and physically just kind of what my body goes through.
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and everything. i think i've grown to be a totally different person. it's helped a lot. >> sounds like you've gained resilience. >> yes, hopefully. >> and she gained some weight. and i know that that counts. but it is hard when you're really thin to put on weight. we think it's so easy. it's going to be a slowly uphill curve for her to get the stomach back to normal with this pacemaker. >> you enjoy that. it was great to meet you. >> thank you. >> and how lucky you are to have good family. congratulations to you all. >> you're welcome, ann. >> coming up next, being smarter about eating your vegetables.
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"healthier living today" is brought to you by kashi snacks. made with all-natural goodness. >> this morning on "healthier
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living today" eating your vegetables. your mother was right, studies show they are essential to a healthy diet. but americans still eat less than 60% of the recommended daily amount. joy bauer is a nutritionist, and of course "today" contributor. good to see you. why are so few americans eating their veggies? >> i don't know. they're delicious. why they're so important is they're packed with nutrients that deliver the vitamins and minerals that allow our bodies to thrive. they've also got fiber. and we know that fiber keeps us full, it pulls down cholesterol, stabilizes blood sugar levels. vegetables are also important when it comes to weight management. >> when we're talking about how much the average person should eat it may sound like a lot but what are we talking? >> at least two to three cups. these things are all portioned down at one cup. a cup of carrots, a cup of peppers, broccoli, leafy greens because they're puffier, you would want two cups to equal that one cup.
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these are nonstarchy vegetables so the more the better. >> starchy vegetables? >> an ear of corn is equivalent to one cup. >> you okay? >> sorry. a cup of peas, or a medium white or sweet potato. so there's a lot of choices. >> working it into your day you've got a sample of kind of what could be an average day. >> right. and without a salad we're going to do this. start with lunch because a lot of people don't like to have vegetables with breakfast. a cup of soup and piling on lettuce and tomato on a sandwich. that's one cup serving of vegetables. as a snack you could have some baby carrots and hummus. another cup of vegetables. and then for dinner, if you have some veggies on the side, and a potato, again, you just had more than three cups of vegetables. without a salad >> and all perfectly healthy. let's talk about your superstars. let's go around to this side. first of all, you love spinach and kale. >> right. that's going to be my number one pick because of the deep green
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color. it's got a lot of beta-carotene and vitamin "c" and fiber. what it also has is an interesting twist is iron. which you don't find a lot in vegetables. and it's very versatile. one of my favorite things is saute it up in a pan with a little bit of olive oil and finished it off with sweet balsamic vinegar. >> spinach, cooked or uncooked, doesn't matter? you still get the same nutritional value? >> you'll lose some of the vitamin content when you cook vegetables. but you also gain others. they become more bioavailable when it's cooked. so the bottom line is raw, cooked, the more the merrier. >> you want people to get some bell peppers in their diet. why are these so good for you? >> bell peppers are loaded with vitamin "c." one red bell pepper has more than twice the amount of vitamin "c" compared to an orange. and you can toss them into stir fries, into omelettes. you can use them as scoopers for chicken salad or egg salad or cottage cheese. >> people love potatoes. you say go with the sweet potato.
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>> i'm not against white potatoes but the deep orange color no sweet potatoes is a giveaway. it's got a slew of great ingredients. >> broccoli and brussel spouts. i happen to love both of these. >> broccoli is great. you can top it on pizza. and the nice part about both broccoli and brussel sprouts is it's in the cruciferous family. which means it has a compound that may help to reduce certain types of cancer. this is well worth your while. i tell my kids these are little cabbages or green brains. >> hmm. does that actually work? >> it does. >> real quickly. i love like vegetable juices like the v-8. does that help me get my daily allowance? >> it does. one cup of vegetable juice will count for your vegetable quota. but when you're buying commercial vegetable juice, check the sodium. you want to look for lower sodium options because some of them are sky high. >> super information. joy, thanks very much. appreciate it. and joy bauer has more advice on how you can live healthier at todayshow.com.
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up next, a new investigation into the care of a reclusive heiress worth half a billion dollars. but first, this is "today" on nbc.
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this morning the mystery is deepening about the fate of huguette clark, the 104-year-old
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woman whose father was once the second richest man in america. she is worth half a billion dollars, has no heirs, and hasn't been seen in public for more than half a century. our national correspondent bob dotson is back now to shine a little more light into history's shadows. bob, good morning. >> good morning, ann. you know this woman has lived her long life as if her great wealth was a nuisance. like a fly that needs to be swatted away. she owns three mansions, worth an estimated $250 million. but check yourself into a new york city hospital two decades ago, and has talked to only a handful of people. one of them cynthia garcia, who sorted huguette's mail for a couple of years back in 2000. mostly, she says, auction house catalogs from christie's and sotheby's. >> she has a huge collection. she has an antique doll house stroller that was $8,000.
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a little stroller with a little baby inside. >> reporter: what does she do with all the dolls? >> she'll brush their hair. dress them, undress them. they're on her bed. >> reporter: you talked to huguette clark a couple times on the phone. >> numerous times. >> reporter: what was your impression? >> sharp, witted, adept, strong voice. husky voice. >> reporter: did she seem to be a person who knew what was going on? >> yes. sharp. yes. absolutely. >> reporter: garcia worked for miss clark's longtime attorney. how did wallace bach treat huguette? >> the goose with the golden egg. gingerly. careful. calculated. he would write a check from her account in his name, deposit it, or cash it. >> reporter: how much money are we talking about?
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>> always -- >> reporter: it would be a reimbursement for services? >> no, the money retainer at that time was $15,000 a month. >> reporter: the elder abuse unit of the new york county's d.a. office is now looking into huguette clark's welfare. garcia says clark's attorney called and told her to say nothing. instead, she decided to speak out. after all these years. >> he put fear in me in that phone call. don't you want to go on vacation? i said oh, no. no more. i called her. i'm not going to live in fear. >> reporter: a spokesman for wallace bach calls garcia's claims wildly inaccurate. over the years, he says, miss clark has made all of her own decisions, including insisting on maintaining her privacy. in short she has lived her life the way she has wanted to. miss garcia was not a witness to miss clark's will, which has been in existence for some time, and knows nothing about its contents. the spokesman went on to say, despite the numerous inaccurate
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assertions being made, mr. bock will continue to fulfill his professional obligations to honor and enforce her requirement of privacy. as for that phone call, the spokesman said he was merely returning cynthia garcia's call that night. and has done nothing wrong. ann? >> and you just reported the attorney now says that hugate has a signed will. who do you think might be in line to get that half a billion dollar estate? >> there's no indication what wallace bock, the attorney, is listed on that will. of course she has no heirs. that's a mystery like the life she lives. >> bob dotson this morning. good to talk to you. thanks a lot for your continuing reporting on this story. okay and coming up next, your questions answered about infertility.
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>> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. a federal grand jury has indicted one of maryland's most influential lawmakers. longtime state senator and ulysses currie faces an 18-count indictment including charges of bribery and conspiracy and extortion prosecutors said that the 73-year-old used his clout to benefit shoppers food warehouse. the advantages far shoppers of the to the include funding to help open a store at all. help open a store at all.
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>> now let's look at the forecast with john collins. >> we see it approaching hurricane earl of to the southeast. that offshore, off the mid- atlantic. west of the day, we will be more concerned with the cool front coming in. until the storm gets here, we are all clear. high temperatures today, up to around 90 degrees. mostly sunny skies, hot and humid. >> we will have a weather update at 9:25.
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as a career prosecutor i made decisions on facts not politics. in washington, i'm trying to do the same. that's why i voted to crackdown on wall street and protect the bay. and why i voted against the $3 trillion budget, the big bank bailout, and against the health care bill. you see for me it's not about democrats or republicans it's about common sense and doing what's best for our families. maybe that's why i'm ranked one of the most independent members of congress. i'm frank kratovil and i approve this message.